Tuesday Schedule Detail
Session Name: Evacuation Planning/Accessibility & Functional Needs~~New Orleans Special Needs Registry – A System for Homebound Evacuations
After Hurricanes Gustav and Isaac, the New Orleans Health Department and Emergency Medical Services developed a system for identifying, triaging, and evacuating individuals with medical or mobility needs. The New Orleans Special Needs Registry identifies residents with medical or mobility needs that need extra assistance evacuating or sheltering during an emergency. The primary use of this information is to assist the evacuation of homebound individuals pre-hurricane during a mandatory evacuation, but it has also been used while sheltering in place, during extreme temperature events, power outage and boil water advisories. This presentation will cover identifying vulnerable populations; registration and triage of individuals on the Special Needs Registry; and evacuating homebound individuals by ambulance, para-transit vehicle and bus. It will also cover topics such as HIPAA compliance, resident willingness to be registered, and guarantee of service.
Day of Week: Tuesday
Time Start: 10:30AM